Bush Appoints War Czar

In the newly created position, Lute would serve as an assistant to the president and deputy national security adviser, and would also maintain his military status and rank as a three-star general.

The White House has avoided the term "war czar" to describe the position. Bush called Lute the "full-time manager" for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.


The White House has sought a war coordinator to eliminate conflicts among the Pentagon, the State Department and other agencies. Lute will seek to cut through bureaucracy and deliver fast responses when requests come in from U.S. military commanders and ambassadors.


It's great that the administration though about this. If only the founding fathers had thought to enshrine such a position in the Constitution -- someone with the authority to execute a military operation, manage the federal beuracracy, and who would ultimately be accountable for it and accountable to the American people.

Perhaps some sort of Commander-in-Chief...

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